He Lost His Bet, Thank Goodness.

My husband
By Jabo
@jaboUK (53401)
United Kingdom
May 15, 2018 3:17pm CST
Five years ago my husband and our son were having a drink together and the subject of my husband's longevity came up. At that time my husband was 82, and he said that he doubted that he would be around after the next couple of years. Our son immediately bet him £500 that he would last at least another five years, to which my husband replied 'done'. Did I mention that they were having a drink at the time? - make that three or four! So the bet worked out like this ; If my husband evaded the Grim Reaper for another five years, he had to pay our son £500. If he didn't, he'd win the bet, but he wouldn't be around to collect it! A no-win situation for him, so a rather foolish bet. Anyway, the 5 years are up and my husband has lost his bet, thank goodness. Our son has refused to take the money of course, and the family has had a good laugh about it. Photo is my husband.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
15 May
I'm glad it worked out the way it did for your family. =)
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
15 May
Thank you, yes we're delighted
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@amadeo (61928)
• United States
15 May
this is sort of weird to me.As you know I am 88 I would not have gone along with this.This is me.No puns.I really do not like this type of conversation.I have to annualize this.
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@amadeo (61928)
• United States
15 May
@jaboUK not for me there.Glad that you are enjoying your wits there.
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@sharon6345 (118680)
• United States
16 May
I feel that way about some topics and it's ok. I am glad you're around to choose the ones you like. @amadeo
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16 May
I wouldn't make that bet either.
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@rebelann (39005)
• El Paso, Texas
15 May
I'm so glad he lost that bet too. Time to celebrate longevity. How old is that photo? He doesn't look like he's in his 80s there.
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
15 May
The photo was taken on a cruise we took for his 80th birthday, so that was 7 years ago.
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@rebelann (39005)
• El Paso, Texas
16 May
He doesn't look 80 either @jaboUK
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16 May
That is one really interesting story but I'm glad it all worked for everyone.
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@allknowing (61927)
• India
16 May
That bet was kind of odd. Don't you think? Here's to your husband.
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@allknowing (61927)
• India
16 May
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
16 May
@allknowing I like that song
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@vandana7 (62575)
• India
16 May
@allknowing I love that song..
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@BelleStarr (37118)
• Portland, Connecticut
16 May
Well done him!! I think they should make another bet!!
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
16 May
Yes, Cindy has already suggested they do double or nothing about the next 5 years!
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@BelleStarr (37118)
• Portland, Connecticut
16 May
@jaboUK lol Great idea!!
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16 May
I think they should both quit while theyre ahead.
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@Tampa_girl7 (24969)
• United States
15 May
I'm so pleased to hear that he lost the bet
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
15 May
Thanks Marie - there were a couple of times when we thought he mightn't make it, but so far so good.
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@Starmaiden (4012)
• Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
16 May
It would definitely have been a no win situation for your hubby. I wonder if they both realized the absurdity of a bet like that. Glad your hubby lost the bet in the good way.
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
16 May
Well I did mention that they'd had a drink or two when they made the bet, but they realised afterwards. They've been ribbed about it for the last 5 years, particularly my husband
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16 May
yes he did lose in a good way and I'm really glad your son did not take the money from him.
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
16 May
@lnillerman Thank you, yes it's all turned out well
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@DeborahDiane (20129)
• Laguna Woods, California
16 May
@JaboUK - What a fun, delightful bet. I'm so glad that your husband made it for the past five years. He looks like James Bond in that wonderful white dinner jacket in your photo!
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
16 May
Thanks Deborah - that photo was taken on a cruise
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• Laguna Woods, California
16 May
@jaboUK - It is a lovely photo of him. Cruises are a wonderful reason to get all dressed up!
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
16 May
@DeborahDiane That's true, we're hoping to go on another one in the Autumn.
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@sunrisefan (17125)
• Philippines
15 May
A time when you're happy you lost :)
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
15 May
That is 100% true Nando
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@sunrisefan (17125)
• Philippines
16 May
@jaboUK And I pray that you both live up to a century and in good health Janet.
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
16 May
@sunrisefan That's sweet of you, thanks.
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@Hannihar (30012)
16 May
@jaboUK I am so glad for all your sakes he lost the bet.
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
16 May
Thanks Hanni
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@Hannihar (30012)
16 May
@jaboUK You are so welcome.
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@Shiva49 (12131)
• Singapore
16 May
A good bet to lose anyway. Happy for you all. I recall the newly elected Prime Minister of Malaysia, who was, in fact, the longest serving Prime Minister earlier and retired, telling that he never expected to live to the age of ninety while celebrating that milestone. Now he has become Prime Minister and will be 93 in a couple of months. He wants to clean up some tricky issues and hopes to hand over power in the next two years! Did he campaign hard to get elected? You bet, more than what a younger person could! I think it is the mind willing the body and the body acting as a willing partner - siva
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
16 May
That;s very interesting Siva. It just shows that the mind is the most important part.
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@Shiva49 (12131)
• Singapore
16 May
@jaboUK Yes, he says after handing over power in the next two years he will be playing a meaningful role in the background - siva
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@id_peace (4929)
• Singapore
16 May
Why not pay him for every year he is alive? That will motivate him to live better
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
16 May
Now that's an idea!!
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@id_peace (4929)
• Singapore
16 May
It is a good motivation and I am sure that he will be happy that he could get some money to spend.
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@YrNemo (11254)
16 May
I am glad . Your husband looks very good in that photo.
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
16 May
Thank you. The photo was taken when he was 80 or 81 I think. He does look a bit older now, but it's my favourite one of him.
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@YrNemo (11254)
18 May
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@cintol (4595)
• United States
15 May
Well look at that, that bet gave him just another reason to live for. I know he wanted to give your son the 500, maybe they should do double or nothing for the next 5 huh!! I am glad he lost that bet and I know your son is too.
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
16 May
That's an idea Cindy - double or nothing!!
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@cintol (4595)
• United States
16 May
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@crossbones27 (18552)
• Redlands, California
15 May
I think its a bit different when you lived a full life, but still sad all the same. Celebrate the life is what we do around here, but glad old man won and lost and say that with the most respect. Sometimes even mother nature knows better to mess with the true.
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
15 May
Yes, whatever happens he's had a full life, and so have I
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• Redlands, California
15 May
@jaboUK Yay, you guys lived well. Much respect
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16 May
I definitely like the double or nothing idea for the next five years! :)
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
16 May
So do I but I doubt my husband will be silly enough to make that bet again.. A bet should at least have a chance of being won !
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• New Delhi, India
16 May
Good that your husband won the bet.
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
16 May
Thanks so much
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• Eugene, Oregon
16 May
I am sure that your son was happy about winning that bet, worth far more than the money anywyay.
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
16 May
That's so true James, you've hit the nail on the head. The money was irrelevant
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@Bullshark (586)
• Netherlands
16 May
Glad your husband lost. If I were your son, I would give him stick about it for the next 20-30-40 years...
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
16 May
Lol - that might be pushing it a bit - 20/40 years!! But yes, the whole family has been ribbing my husband for the last 5 years, and I don't suppose we'll stop now
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• Netherlands
17 May
@jaboUK It's his own fault, he had it coming...
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
18 May
@Bullshark Lol - that's true
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@LadyDuck (147988)
• Switzerland
16 May
I am glad he lost his bet, I hope he is not going to bet again. He looks full of spirit and healthy.
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
16 May
Thanks Anna - the photo was taken when he was 80, but he doesn't look much different now.
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@LadyDuck (147988)
• Switzerland
17 May
@jaboUK He is so elegant. My husband has found his wedding suit in a trunk inside my Mom's apartment. He has tried it and it fits perfectly. He said we should dress using our wedding dresses the day of our 50th Anniversary.
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
17 May
@LadyDuck That would be a lovely thing to do Anna. So you'd fit into your weddung dress? I don't think I would
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